Ghawdex Illum to be transmitted with subtitles for the hearing impaired
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The popular television programme Ghawdex Illum will now be transmitted with sub-titles following an agreement signed between the Ministry for Gozo – which is providing the finance for the initiative – the Public Broadcasting Services and Citadel Video Communications.
This TV programme is Gozo’s voice on national media, the Ministry for Gozo said in a statement, and so it should therefore be accessible to a wider range of the public.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that through the subtitles, Ghawdex Illum becomes accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired.
She added that this agreement, the first of its kind, will pave the way for similar initiatives in the future.Dr Caruana, in the presence of the PBS Chairman, Dr Tonio Portughese and other PBS members, expressed her desire to give Gozo the space it deserves in broadcasting.
She said that Gozo, as a region, has a lot to offer and this information must be conveyed to the homes of Gozo and Malta.
She mentioned that a number of cultural, artistic and musical events take place on the island and are promoted through the Ghawdex Illum programme. “It is therefore the mission of the Ministry for Gozo to provide the necessary financial support for various programmes on the national station.”
Justyne Caruana thanked Mr Alvin Scicluna, Producer of Ghawdex Illum, for the “impeccable service and ensuring Gozo’s name is delivered to every home.”
Other regular programmes featuring Gozo on the national station are – GFA Roundup, Sport Ghawdex, and the live transmission of Mass from Ta ‘Pinu every Saturday.
PBS chairman, Dr. Portughese said that the national media is committed to continue to ensure that the social fabric is given the space it deserves.
He said that in fact, discussions are already underway for other programmes broadcast on TVM to follow the example of Ghawdex Illum and adopt similar facilities for the hearing impaired.
Dr. Portughese presented a DVD of the Gozo Regional Carnival which had been shown on TVM 2, to Minister Caruana, the ambassador for UNESCO Dr. Mgr Joe Vella Gauci and the chairman of the Culture Unit in Gozo Frank Cassar.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri